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Nine tips to make listening easier for your hearing-impaired holiday guests

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Dec 19, 2016 9:26:00 AM


With more than 36 million hearing-impaired Americans, there’s a good chance that one or more of them will show up at your holiday table. For these individuals, normal conversation can be a big challenge — a challenge that’s compounded at gatherings by multiple simultaneous conversations, clanging silverware, noisy children and other competing sounds.

As a holiday host, you can take steps to make it easier for your hearing-impaired guests to join the conversation and feel more welcome.

  1. Assign seating strategically. Consider positioning these guests at the middle of the table with their back against the wall; this enables participation in more conversations without distracting noise coming from behind.
  2. Provide adequate lighting. A well-lit room makes it easier to see facial expressions and the mouths of those who are speaking.
  3. Slow down when speaking. Maintain a normal pace and volume, and pronounce your words as clearly as possible.
  4. Converse face to face. This makes it easier for others to hear your words, and it allows them to see your mouth, facial expressions and body language.
  5. Designate a kids’ dining room. Young voices can be uber-loud, interfering with conversations among adults.
  6. Move the conversation. Invite hearing-impaired guests to have a one-on-one chat in a quiet corner, in another room or during a post-dinner walk.
  7. Take a time-out from the game. For many, football is a gathering staple. But it can also be a listening distraction. Turn off the game, or put it on mute during the meal. Consider designating a separate room for TV watching.
  8. Turn down the tunes. Holiday music can help get everyone in the mood, but it may also interfere with conversation.
  9. Be a “better hearing facilitator.” Surprisingly, many people who have trouble hearing at holiday gatherings don’t realize they have hearing loss. For these individuals, you may want to suggest — gently and in a private location — that they get their hearing tested.

Amplifon Hearing Health Care is ready to help your loved ones who have trouble hearing. Call Amplifon today to schedule a consultation today with a provider near you.

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